Addiction & Youth Services Specialist

Upcoming Program
Addiction & Youth Services Specialist
This program is under review and requires PTIB approval.
This program is coming soon.


(This program requires PTIB approval)
This diploma program focuses on preparing graduates for a career as an addictions and youth service practitioner. The program provides graduates with a solid theoretical and practical skill-based foundation required to provide support to individuals, families, and groups who are seeking personal support from available assistance programs.


Program Length*

Full Time

  • 43 weeks (Including Practicum length)
  • 5 hours per session
  • 5 sessions per week

Work Experience

  • Total 9 weeks
  • 175 hours

Admission Requirements

  • High school graduate or equivalent or
  • Mature student status (British Columbia 19 years or older)
  • Meet the College’s English proficiency requirements


  • Addiction & Youth Services Specialist Diploma

*Program Length does not include breaks and holiday breaks


  • Public and Private Healthcare
  • Social Service Agencies
  • Residential Programs
  • Community Counselling
  • Group Homes

Addiction & Youth
Services in Canada

  • Canada’s federal health minister has announced $71.7 million in emergency funding to improve access to addiction treatment services
    in B.C.
    Source: CBC News 2018
  • In any given year, one in five Canadians will experience a mental health issue or addiction problem.
    Source: “Mental Illness and Addictions: Facts and Statistics.”CAMH
  • As of February 2019, 936 jobs are posted on Indeed

British Columbia
Labour Market

  • In all, B.C. is forecast to have 903,000 job openings between 2018 and 2028.
  • 77% of future jobs will require some form of post-secondary education or training.

Source: B.C.’s labour market outlook: 2018


Interviewing Techniques

ACAP 100 Academics Prep SOCS 130 Adolescence & Addictions
OFFP 100 Office Procedures SOCS 140 Addiction Family Culture
MOAW 100 Word Processing SOCS 150 Intake Procedures & Interviewing Techniques
BCOM 100 Business Communication SOCS 160 Substance Abuse Assessment &
COMM 100 Interpersonal Communication SOCS 170 Individual & Group Facilitation
SOCS 100 Ethical Practice SOCS 180 Relapse Prevention
PSYC 100 Psychology Fundamentals SOCS 190 Case Management & Report Writing
PHAR 100 Pharmacology Fundamentals SOCS 200 Policy, Legislation, Government
& Community Resources
PSYC 110 Mental Health Fundamentals SELF 100 Self Care
PSYC 120 Crisis Intervention SAFE 100 Workplace Safety & First Aid
SOCS 110 Addictions & Substance Abuse Fundamentals AYSP 100 Work Experience (Practicum)
SOCS 120 At Risk Populations CARS 100 Career Planning

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